Senate Candidate Calls Incumbent Kelly’s Abortion Views “Despicable”

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a candidate in the Republican primary for the nomination to run against Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) in this year’s midterm Senate election, has told National Review that the incumbent’s recent remarks about parental-consent abortion laws are “despicable.”

Brnovich is running in a competitive field in the Republican primary and currently leads in polling with 19% of registered voters favoring him. Fully 48% of Republican voters say they remained undecided about who they will support in the August 2 primary.

Brnovich said that Kelly has once again shown how out of touch he is with Arizona citizens. He added that Kelly and the radical Left are continuing to press their agenda to take American parents “out of the picture.” Brnovich said that Kelly wants to remove parents from their children’s education and now from risky and permanent decisions to terminate human life.

Brnovich said that everyone can agree that taking parents and families out of a girl’s consideration of abortion is “a terrible idea.”

Sen. Kelly said this week that he is unsure about whether the Women’s Health Protection Act he recently voted for would invalidate the state law in Arizona requiring parental consent to abortion procedures. However, he did express an opinion against such laws. He said that he would not be the “arbiter of an age” when a minor girl could decide to obtain an abortion without the consent of her parents.

He added that he takes the matter “very seriously” but feels that “young women” at a certain age should make the decision without parental involvement. He also said girls should make the decision without “a bunch of folks in Washington making them for them,” without explaining how “folks in Washington” have anything to do with parental involvement in healthcare decisions for their children.

Kelly may learn that voters have been taking parental rights very seriously as well recently. Democrat Terry McAuliffe paid a heavy price when he lost the Virginia gubernatorial race last year. McAuliffe notably said during his campaign that he did not “think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Brnovich is taking affirmative steps to ensure voters are aware of Kelly’s anti-parent, pro-abortion positions. Arizona voters are poised to teach another Democrat a harsh lesson.